FIFTH SATURDAY CONTRADANCE
May 31, 2014
The Saturday after NW Folklife Festival
- (*) For most of you folks who maybe don't go back as far, Salmonberry was a band, with two "house" callers, that started the tradition of Saturday contra dances in Puget Sound, playing for a Second Saturday dance in Seattle from Dec. 1979 till March 1993. Pleasures of Home band and the Fifth Saturday Contradance were descendents (may 1993) of Salmonberry and that Second Saturday Seattle dance; Small Pleasures is an outgrowth (~~Spring 2000) of Pleasures of Home.
Specifics on the Event:The Fifth Saturday Contradance will be held at Christ Church Wells Hall, 310 North K Street, Tacoma - directions below. It is well-known as one of the sweetest halls in Puget Sound. (Note: It's the same location as the Tacoma Contra Dance that's held on Third Saturdays.) The dance will run from 8:00 - 11:00 pm. The cost is $9.00, with a $2.00 discount for 18 down and 65 up. As always, a 10% discount will be available to Seattle Folklore Society members who request it. There will be a newcomers' intro-lesson at 7:30 pm. Contra dancing is "not rocket science". Jay teaches a great introduction, and often gathers "his newcomers" together at the midpoint break-time to impart a few more things, once folks have had some experience out on the floor. We're proud of the tradition of asking newcomers and visitors to dance, and looking after them on the dance floor. (Experienced dancers are invited to bring any friends they've been wanting to introduce to contra dancing, and to help out by dancing in the mini-lesson.)As an added bonus, if any folks who have been dancing a while would like to show up at 7:00, Jay will hold a little "tips and tricks" gathering, to share a few of the things that he believes make for truly graceful dancing "right inside" the music. And how experienced dancers can help bring a whole crowd together dancing together, in community with each other. (Those sort of things _sometimes_ just happen, but there's stuff individual dancers can do.)
OK a few notices . . .Please avoid wearing scented products (e.g. perfume, aftershave, cologne, scented hand lotion) to the Fifth Saturday Contra Dance. (Dancing, being aerobic, magnifies their scent, and also the effect of the solvents used therein!) Some dancers are hypersensitive or allergic to such products. A word about children's attendance: It is fine for older children and teenagers who are comfortable interacting with adults on their own. However, it is not appropriate for small children unless they are on the sidelines supervised by adults at all times. A caution on parking: The street right across from the hall has been posted as a "residents only" zone, so please don't park there - tickets have been given. There is plenty of parking on adjacent streets, and there are spots behind the church as well.
Directions to Wells Hall
310 North "K" Street, Tacoma
From Seattle, "Eastside" of Lake Washington, or Des MoinesI-5 south to exit 133 (Tacoma City Center). Then take I-705 and the Schuster Parkway exit on the right (still called I-705). From there again stay right and take the Stadium Way (first) exit from Schuster Pkwy. At the top of the exit ramp, turn right. The street goes up hill. Follow it til it ends, then swing left onto North 1st. You pass Stadium Thriftway and a Chevrolet lot, and then merge into Division at a traffic light. Continue on Division, turn right onto North "K". Wells Hall is the second building on the left. Enter the dance through the church courtyard.
From OlympiaTake Interstate 5 to Tacoma, exit 132 (Route 16-Gig Harbor exit). Follow Route 16 and take the Union Avenue exit and make a right turn. Follow Union to 6th Street and make a right. Follow 6th about a mile to a multi-way intersection; there take a soft left into Division Ave. Follow Division to North "K" Street, where you take a left. Wells Hall is the second building on the left. Or you can take a few extra minutes and come all the way north on I5 to the I-705 exit (Tacoma City Center). Then follow the directions onto Schuster Parkway, etc. as given above.
From West of the Narrows BridgeTake WA 16 east across the Narrows, and take exit 1B for Union Ave. Keep left at the fork; follow signs for University of Puget Sound. Turn left onto S Union Ave (at which point you'll be northbound.) Go about 1.5 mile and turn right into 6th Avenue. Follow 6th about a mile to a multi-way intersection; there take a soft left into Division Ave. Follow Division to North "K" Street, where you take a left. Wells Hall is the second building on the left. For more information please contact:
Phil Katz - philkatz@ZZZhalcyon.com - 206 722 8228.
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